Often times stem cells are grouped together in terms of treatments. This is not an accurate representation, however, because there are many types of stem cell sources. Stem cells are found in all parts of the body and everyone has them at every age. The real difference in how stem cells perform is where they are harvested.
The most common areas for collecting stem cells are bone marrow and adipose tissue. There are also regenerative cellular therapies that use mesenchymal cells. These cells are young, vibrant and brimming with healing properties. While all of these treatments are used to help heal the body, how and where they are harvested determines their effectiveness.
Wharton’s Jelly Derived Mesenchymal Cells
Mesenchymal cells are used for cellular treatments since they are young and effective when it comes to healing properties. The cells found within the adult body are older, more sparse in number, and may have a more difficult time repairing damaged tissue.
Introducing younger cells into the body invokes a stronger and more potent healing response. Mesenchymal cells are extracted from a gelatinous substance, found in umbilical cords, called Wharton’s jelly. The cords are donated by consenting, carefully screened mothers. Collecting the umbilical cord causes no harm to the mother or child. The regenerative mesenchymal cells contain growth factors, cytokines and other agents. Once injected, they speed up healing and tissue regeneration in another patient’s body.
Adipose tissue stem cell therapy uses the stem cells found in the body’s fat stores. This is a commonly used treatment because the tissue is readily available: it is sourced from a patient’s own body or that of a close family member. The adipose tissue is extracted from the body and undergoes a process to isolate the stem cells from the rest of the tissue. Once isolated, the stem cells are then injected into an area of the body that is injured or damaged.
One of the major risks of using stem cells from adipose tissue are toxins. Environmental pollutants and other toxins are stored in fatty tissue throughout the body. Using stem cells from fat introduces these toxins to an already damaged area.
Another risk for this type of stem cell treatment is the use of adult stem cells. Our stem cells age as we age, making it difficult to heal as we get older. When using them for treatment, the outcome is less effective compared with the use of young regenerative cells.
Stem cells taken from bone marrow can also be used in cellular treatment. This is a surgical procedure in which a hole is drilled into the pelvis or femur bone. The marrow is then extracted, and stem cells are isolated from other tissue. These cells are then injected back into the area of the body that needs healing. Bone marrow stem cell therapy is both invasive and painful. The recovery time can be longer compared with other cell therapies due to bone drilling. It can also lead to serious risks such as infection.
Our doctors do not use stem cell therapy; they prefer Wharton’s jelly-derived mesenchymal cells for their potency and safety. If you suffer from pain, we invite you to learn more about the cellular treatment that’s right for your condition in a complimentary consultation.